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Welcome to the 2021 NIH Virtual Summer Enrichment curriculum for Students outside the NIH.

We would like to invite you to join us online this summer, beginning the week of June 7th. All events/activities are free.

Last year, we made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 NIH Intramural Summer Internship Program (SIP) due to the coronavirus pandemic. We learned that a great many young scientists whose summer opportunities were limited by the pandemic, were interested in programs offered by the NIH. For summer 2021, we will be repeating some of those programs and offering new ones to help you sharpen your science skills and develop both professionally and personally.

We have worked with Institutes and Centers (ICs) and Training Offices across the NIH to develop a summer-long series of activities. These online offerings will focus on the exciting science we do at the NIH and on important career and professional development topics for students at all educational levels. You can choose to participate in career development series for high school or college, graduate, or professional school students; series on preparation for graduate or professional school; wellness activities; and/or a scientific skills series. We encourage you to look at all the program offerings and identify events that will help you achieve your scientific and career goals.

To request sign language interpreters or CART Services, you can contact NIH Interpreting Services by phone at 301-402-8180, by using the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339, or by submitting a request online. If you have other, disability-related accommodation requests for an event, please email OITE-EventServices@od.nih.govRequests should be made at least 5 days in advance of the event.

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Complete 2021 Summer Enrichment Curriculum

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Becoming a Resilient Scientist: A series of workshops on Becoming a Resilient Scientist Series (4 weeks), which will cover wellness and resilience; self-talk (cognitive distortions and imposter fears); self-advocacy and assertiveness; and feedback resilience. Workshops on 6/8, 6/15, 6/22, and 6/29 will be for students in college and beyond; the workshops on 7/6, 7/13, 7/20, and 7/27 will be for high school students.


[HS-SIP] NIH Career Development Series for High School Students and Recent Graduates (5 weeks in July), topics include Applying to College, Career Exploration, Leadership, and Success in College. Students who attend at least five workshops (or watch the recordings BY AUGUST 14th) will be eligible to receive a certificate of completion.  To watch the recordings you will need to register using the original link.  If you missed a session and you click on the link from your email, you will get a message that the webinar has ended; please re-register using the same name and email address.

[SIP] Graduate & Professional School Preparation: Much of what you need to know to get into graduate school or professional (e.g., medical, dental, veterinary, pharmacy) school (and do well)


Career Development and Science Skills: Sessions will cover topics such as creating CVs and resumes, leadership skills for scientists, the responsible conduct of research, and creating and presenting virtual posters.


NIH Science at Home: Institutes and Centers of the NIH will present speakers and panels to introduce their science and the resulting career opportunities.

Check out a more detailed version of the 2021 virtual summer curriculum and register for events.  The page will be updated as information becomes available.

If you miss a workshop, you can watch the recording later using the original registration/viewing link. All workshops will be available as recordings on the OITE YouTube Channel after they have been captioned.

Opportunities to explore Data science for students outside the nih

The Virtual Opportunities to Explore Data Science planned for summer 2021 will provide trainees at various levels with a variety of options to learn and improve their computational skills as applied to biomedical research.  The material will range from the basics of learning to code, to using Supercomputers and Cloud-based services to mine, analyze, and visualize data. The offerings were planned in collaboration with the NIH Office of Data Science Strategy.They are open to interested students at all levels.

Introduction to Supercomputing and NIH Biowulf
Finding Information in NCBI Databases: Tools to Help You Do What You Need to Do
NCBI Blast and Sequence Alignment Analysis Tools
A Research Initiative for All of Us: The All of Us Research Program
Reproducible Data Science: Are Most Published Findings STILL False?
NCBI Resources for Human Genome and Gene Research



Lecture 1: Register. IMPORTANT: You can now use the registration link to watch this terrific lecture on demand, with optional captioning. You can also watch it on the OITE YouTube channel.

Anna María Nápoles, PhD, MPH
Scientific Director
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

Date: June 15, 2021
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Title: The Transcreation Framework: Translating Behavioral Interventions to Reduce Health Disparities

Dr. Anna Maria Napoles will describe her career path to becoming Scientific Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. She will discuss an innovative implementation framework that she developed with colleague, Dr. Anita Stewart, to create a step-by-step process for planning, delivering, and evaluating behavioral interventions so that they resonate with and engage the communities experiencing the disparities, while achieving the intended health outcomes.

Lecture 2: Watch the YouTube video

Francis Collins, MD/PhD
National Institutes of Health

Date: June 29, 2021
Time: 1:00-2:00 pm
Title: Meet the Person behind the Title

Come hear from Dr. Francis Collins, the NIH Director, as he reflects on his career path and addresses questions from summer interns at NIH and across the US. Dr. Collins was appointed the 16th Director of the NIH by President Barack Obama and is the only Presidentially appointed NIH Director to serve more than one administration. Dr. Collins is a human-geneticist with an active research lab; he has mentored trainees at all educational levels and is deeply committed to the NIH training mission. Dr. Collins will give a short presentation and will then respond to questions submitted by trainees who register for the webinar in advance.

NIH Science at Home:

As we did in 2020, the OITE has reserved Fridays for presentations by the ICs. Many of the 27 Institutes and Centers (such as the National Cancer Institute, the National Eye Institute, the National Center for Advancing Translational Science, the National Human Genome Research Institute) that make up the NIH, will be offering activities: investigators discussing their research, panels on the careers IC trainees pursue, or perhaps workshops on current important issues in their disciplines. We will also post IC journal clubs and lecture series that are open to summer interns across the NIH. Watch the virtual summer enrichment curriculum schedule!

In Their Own Words

The NIH Experiences and Career Paths of Prior and Current NIH Trainees. In this series, past and current NIH summer interns and postbacs from disadvantaged backgrounds and groups underrepresented in the sciences will talk about their research and share insights into what it's like to work at the NIH. They will also discuss their educational and career journeys, including their paths to the NIH and the challenges they faced along the way.

2021 Virtual Graduate & Professional School Fair (July 19-22, 2021)

This year the fair will welcome all interested college students, postbacs, and other interested young scientists. The Fair will consist of (1) live workshops on getting to graduate and/or professional school (July 19th, 2021); (2) prerecorded workshops, panels, and interviews covering career paths in disciplines including public health, clinical psychology, and data science and discussing strategies for successful test-taking, stress management during application season, and improving your credentials; and (3) online exhibitor sessions - the opportunity for you to learn more about the participating institutions and programs (July 20-22, 2021).

While there is no fee to participate in any OITE events, advanced registration is required.  To register for events, please go to the Summer Curriculum page and click on the link for the activity in the event table.